Epsom Handicap

Group 1

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    Date: Oct 3, 2020
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    Racecourse: Randwick
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    Race Distance: 1,600m
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    Conditions:
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    Prize Money: $1,000,000

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The Epsom Handicap is a $1 million open handicap Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The open handicap is run over 1600m and in 2020 will be held on Saturday, October 3, the same day as the Metropolitan and the Darley Flight Stakes.

In 2019, the Chris Waller-trained Kolding won the Epsom Handicap, beating out fan favourite Te Akau Shark and Star Of The Seas. After the Epsom Handicap, Kolding went on to win the inaugural Golden Rose, which boasts a $7.5 million prize pool. Te Akau Shark also went on to perform well, placing in the Cox Plate and then winning the Chipping Norton Stakes in early 2020.

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The Epsom Handicap was first run back in 1865 and was won by Dundee. It gets its name from Epsom Downs Racecourse, which is a famous track in England. Some of the greats of the turf have won the race, including Shannon, Imposing, Super Impose, Shogun Lodge, Desert War and Winx.

A number of horses have won the Epsom Handicap in consecutive years. Masquerade was the first to do it, claiming victory in 1882 and 1884. Since then the likes of Chatham (‘32 & ‘33), Super Impose (‘90 & ‘91) and Desert War (‘04 & ‘05) have all replicated the feat.

Chris Waller has had great success in the Epsom Handicap in recent time, managing to win it four of the last seven years. His winners in that time were Boban, He’s Your Man, Winx and Kolding.

In the 2019 edition of the race, Kolding clocked 1:34.80 to win, however, the fastest 1600m time in the race over the last 20 years belongs to Hartnell. He managed a 1:32.73 when he won the race in 2018.

Epsom Handicap Field

The Epsom Handicap is a $1 million Group 1, so understandably it normally has a very strong field. It is also relatively early in the spring, so a number of the top horses go from the Epsom to more of the top Group 1s later in the carnival. Nominations for the race close on September 28 and final acceptances are on September 30.

2020 Epsom Handicap Field and Odds

HorseWinPlace
1Kolding (20)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: C J Waller$15.00$4.50
2Mister Sea Wolf (4)J: Brenton Avdulla 56kg T: C J Waller$15.00$4.50
3Star Of The Seas (1)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: C J Waller$6.00$2.25
4Imaging (21)J: James Mcdonald 55.5kg T: C J Waller$13.00$4.00
5Nettoyer (14)J: James Innes Jnr 54kg T: Ms W Roche$26.00$7.00
6Brandenburg (3)J: Jason Collett 54kg T: J G Sargent$34.00$8.00
7Yulong Prince (2)J: Sam Clipperton 54kg T: C J Waller$31.00$7.50
8The Candy Man (9)J: Regan Bayliss 53.5kg T: P & P Snowden$34.00$8.00
9Wild Planet (6)J: Tim Clark 53kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$13.00$4.00
10Niccanova (11)J: Blaike Mcdougall 53kg T: Craig Carmody$51.00$12.00
11Probabeel (18)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 52.5kg T: J W Richards$7.00$2.50
12Funstar (19)J: Glen Boss 52.5kg T: C J Waller$11.00$3.50
13Rock (13)J: Tommy Berry 52.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$9.00$3.00
14Colette (10)J: Ms Rachel King 52kg T: James Cummings$15.00$4.50
15Reloaded (7)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 51kg T: C J Waller$26.00$7.00
16Looks Like Elvis (8)J: Ms Jess Taylor 50kg T: J M Austin$34.00$8.00
17Riodini (12)J: Ms Winona Costin 50kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$26.00$7.00
18Savacool (16)J: Ms Alysha Collett 50kg T: C J Waller$81.00$20.00
19Glenall (5)J: Brock Ryan 50kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$71.00$18.00
20Vanna Girl (15)J: Robbie Dolan 50kg T: A J & T Edmonds$17.00$5.00
21Just Thinkin’ (17)J: Unknown 50kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$51.00$12.00

 

Epsom Handicap Betting

Over recent years, the Epsom Handicap has been a good race for punters. Four of the last five winners had starting prices of $6.50 or less, with three of them being favourites of equal favourites. The only outlier in the last five years was Hartnell, who in 2018 won at a starting price of $20.

Epsom Handicap Results

PLACEHORSETRAINERJOCKEYSP
1KoldingChris WallerGlen Boss$5.50
2Te Akau SharkJamie RichardsJames McDonald$5.50
3Star Of The SeasChris WallerMichael Dee$13
4Gem SongKris LeesBrenton Avdulla$11
5RockMichael, Wayne & John HawkesKerrin McEvoy$11
6NettoyerWendy RocheBen Thompson$31
7CascadianJames CummingsRobbie Dolan$15
8Fifty StarsDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigTim Clark$15
9Desert LordMichael, Wayne & John HawkesJames Innes Jnr$26
10Best Of DaysJames CummingsTommy Berry$26
11Mr Marathon ManMichael MoronoeyDean Holland$61
12UnforgottenChris WallerJay Ford$26
13The Candy ManBarry BaldwinBrock Ryan$101
14JunipalCiaron Maher & David EustaceDamien Thornton$26
15KaonicChris WallerAndrew Gibbons$61
16MantasticChris WallerAndrew Adkins$101
17DreamforceJohn ThompsonNash Rawiller$7
18Le JugeChris WallerMs Jess Taylor$201
19ArchedemusGwenda MarkwellDom Tourneur$61

EPSOM HANDICAP WINNERS

2020 – Probabeel (1:32.86)
2019 – Kolding (1:34.80)
2018 – Hartnell (1:32.73)
2017 – Happy Clapper (1:33.17)
2016 – Hauraki (1:33.87)
2015 – Winx (1:34.58)
2014 – He’s Your Man (1:33.34)
2013 – Boban (1:34.43)
2012 – Fat Al (1:34.56)
2011 – Secret Admirer (1:35.59)
2010 – Captain Sonador (1:34.12)